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12/16/2004



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South Pasadena seeks noise mitigation measures for LA MTA's Gold Line


The city of South Pasadena, Calif., and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA MTA) are trying to settle disputes over noise issues caused by the Gold Line light-rail system, which passes through the city.

City officials recently filed legal papers with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

"We know the Gold Line can be a great asset to the city, and with enhancements we can remove some of the noise issues that have generated complaints about the line from residents living near the tracks," said South Pasadena Mayor Mike Ten in a prepared statement.

CPUC currently is reviewing a settlement between LA MTA, the Los Angeles-to-Pasadena Metro Blue Line Construction Authority and city. Pending the outcome, Gold Line improvements could begin in the next few months.

Proposed noise mitigation measures include constructing additional sound walls; adding insulation to affected structures, privacy screens for residences, noise shrouds at crossings and improved quad gates at some crossings; relocating some crossing gates so they’re parallel to the right of way; installing clear plexi-glass sound walls at some intersections; reducing crossing bell noise and duration, and horn blasts; installing decorative treatments around the traction power substation; and purchasing homes or properties where noise cannot be mitigated.


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